Sunday, July 28 is World Hepatitis Day and award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Okyeame Kwame and his team at One Mic Entertainment as well as some sponsors, are working towards a week-long of events to create awareness about the disease.
There is a song on Okyeame’s The Clinic album called Hepatitis which won in the Music for Development category at last year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
Hepatitis B is a viral disease which inflames the liver. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the prevalence rate for Hepatitis B in this country is 15 percent.
This means that one out of every six Ghanaians is exposed to the virus.
“I appeal to the print, electronic and online media to help sensitise and educate the public on the dangers of this disease,” Okyeame said in an interview with Showbiz.
Annica Nsiah-Apau, Business & Brands Development Manager at One Mic Entertainment, gave some details of the week-long of events to mark World Hepatitis Day.
“Okyeame and his team from MDS-Lancet Laboratories and MTN Ghana Foundation would meet the Minister for Health on Wednesday, July 24 for discussion on Hepatitis and the way forward in this country,” Annica said.
According to her, Okyeame and his team will visit children affected by Hepatitis in a hospital in Accra and make a presentation to them on Thursday, July 25.
A public screening from 10.00am to 5.00pm is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at the Obra Spot in Accra where Okyeame will perform his Hepatitis song.
A special one-hour radio celebration of World Hepatitis Day is planned by One Mic Entertainment and its associates for Sunday, July 28.